The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Ellie and the Cat
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Ellie is being sent off to stay with yet another relative while her dad is away for business. She’s sick of being moved around from person to person whenever he goes away. Now it’s her grandmother’s turn and Ellie is determined to be as rude and unhappy about the situation as a person can possibly be. But Ellie’s grandma has a few tricks of her own up her sleeve – and magically swaps Ellie into the body of her pet cat, Jolly.
In order to become human again, Ellie must complete a special task before sunset the next day – or stay as a cat forever. But how exactly is she going to manage it? Meanwhile, Jolly, who rather likes being a human child, will do anything to stop her from succeeding…
In a dyslexia-friendly format, this is a magical and gently comic tale of friendship and thinking of others. When she’s turned into a cat, we get to see Ellie for who she really is behind the sadness of missing her dad, while she’s given the chance to make some unusual new friends and ultimately find a place to belong.